“Pere Lachaise cemetery, Paris – graves of some extraordinary ladies & gentlemen” by K.J.S.Chatrath

Pere Lachaise cemetery has so many distinguished personalities buried in its grounds that it is difficult to choose which grave to visit first. Here are photographs of graves of a few of the noted ladies and gentlemen buried there.

Honoré de Balzac (1799 – 1850) was a French novelist and playwright. His magnum opus was a sequence of short stories and novels collectively entitled La Comédie humaine, which presents a panorama of French life in the years after the 1815 fall of Napoleon.


Honore’ de Balzac.

Jean -Baptiste Poquelin, popularly known by his stage name of  Moliere (1622-1673) was a French playwright and actor considered to be one of the greatest masters of comedy.




Auguste-Laurent Burdeau (1851 – 1894) was a French politician writer. He  translated several works of Herbert Spencer and of Schopenhauer into French.  In 1885 he was elected deputy for the département of the Rhône,  He was several times minister and  was elected president of the chamber of deputies



Auguste Burdeau’s grave

Ferdinand Victor Eugène Delacroix (26 April 1798 – 13 August 1863) was a French painter  who is welknown for his work “Liberty leading the people”.

Delacroix’s ‘Liberty leading the people’ (Photo source Wikipedia. Original in the Louvre museum, Paris)


Grave of Eugene Delacroix

Jean de la Fontaine (1621-1695) was the most famous French fables writer and one of the widely read poets of the 17th century.



Another view of the grave of La Fontaine

Casimir Delavigne was a popular writer and the librarian of the Palais Royal, Amongst his famous works are, École des vieillards, La Princesse Aurilie,  The Messéniennes and La Parisienne. This song became almost as popular as the Marseillaise.


Casimir Delavigne

Jim Morrison was an American singer and songwriter with ‘The Doors’.Continues to be a popular youth icon. His is one of the most visited graves in the cemetery-

Jim Morrison”s grave

Theodore Gericault was a famous French Romantic painter, whose major work was ‘The Raft of the Medusa’. This work has been reproduced on the lower portion of his tomb.

france-general-to-be-sorted-out-107-gericalli-420Grave of Gericault.

Allan Kardec was the pen name of the French teacher and educator Hippolyte Leon Denizard Rivail (1804-1869). He was the founder of Spiritism.


Allan Kardec’s grave.

Augustin Eugene Scribe (1791-1861) was a French dramatist and librettist. he is remembered for what is called the ‘well made play’ (piece bien faite), which was popular for over a century and as the libbretist or the writer of the text of many successful grand operas.


Milosz Magin was a welknown pianist and composer. He was of Polish origin. His grave is  next to Chopin’s tomb in this cemetery in Paris.


Magin’s grave

I could not find out whose grave is the one below. The inscription reads ‘He loved Stendhall, Pavarotti, Gamine, the Pink Floyd…but at 29 years!

france-general-to-be-sorted-out-081-pl-3-420Amongst the other well known personalities buried in Pere Lachaise cemetery are: Édith Piaf (singer); Felix Faure (former President of France); Frederic Chopin (Polish composer); Isadora Duncan (American actress); Jean Moulin (leader of the French Resistance during World War II); Jean-François Champollion (French decipherer of the hieroglyphs and father of Egyptology); Marcel Marceau (French Mime Artist); Oscar Wilde (Irish novelist, poet and playwright); Sarah Bernhardt (French stage and film actress); Yves Montand (film actor).


Text based on information from the internet. Photographs, text and copyright by K.J.S.Chatrath.


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